ISTANBUL - Agence France-Presse
bill making the denial of Armenian claims a criminal offence was a "betrayal of history", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Thursday.
"I condemn the French
parliament, which passed this bill meaning betrayal of history and historical truth," Arinc said on his Twitter account.
parliament... dimmed out history and truth by approving the bill," he added.
Arinc accused the French
lawmakers backing the bill of "bringing back the Inquisition", and he said the legislation was "evil-minded".
France's lower house of parliament approved the bill, which makes it a crime to deny that 1915 events amounted to a genocide during World War I.
Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris
Senate will now consider the draft law.